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Depression Pioneers (WPA Social Problems Series, No. 1)
Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1939. First edition. Plea for humane policies for migrant laborers and others made homeless by the Great Depression. Portions extracted from the WPA Monograph Migrant Families, by John N. Webb and Malcolm Brown. Octavo. Staple-bound pamphlet; pictorial wrappers; 19pp; illus. Bump to bound edge at...
[Item #17927]
Price: $45.00
 
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The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
London: Greening & Co. 1899. First Edition. A charming survey of British low-life, documenting the methods and practices of pick-pockets, safe-crackers, card sharpers, portico thieves, shoplifters, forgers, and other criminals in common circulation in Edwardian London. Includes a chapter on "Rogues and Vagabonds." With about 50 text illustrations, all of...
[Item #15339]
Price: $175.00
 
The Bye-Ways of Crime, with Some Stories From the Black Museum
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Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
San Francisco: A.L. Bancroft & Co. 1884. First Edition. Issued simultaneously under a variety of imprints (including Boston and Chicago); curiously, OCLC offers no record of this San Francisco variant. A sensational pictorial account of the plight of America's homeless children, beggars and tramps, with desultory excursions into the topic...
[Item #13386]
Price: $200.00
 
Street Arabs and Gutter Snipes. The Pathetic and Humorous Side of Young Vagabond Life in the Great Cities, With Records of Work for Their Reformation
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Tight, straight copy, Near Fine; lacking the jacket.
[Item #18811]
Price: $60.00
 
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The Main Stem
New York: The Vanguard Press, 1927. First Edition. A notable novel of hobo life. Uncommon, in or out of jacket. Not in HANNA. 12mo. Gold cloth boards, stamped in maroon on spine and front cover; 212pp. Cloth soiled; spine slighlty cocked, but text clean and tight. A solid and not...
[Item #18886]
Price: $30.00
 
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Rolling Nowhere
New York: Viking Press, 1984. First Edition. Conover's first book, begun as a Master's thesis in anthropology. A classic of participatory journalism, and an important entry in the literature of modern vagabondia. Also the book that launched many thousands of college-age faux-bos on their chuckleheaded careers. Comme ci comme ├ža...
[Item #13385]
Price: $45.00
 
Rolling Nowhere
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Tramping With Tramps: Studies and Sketches of Vagabond Life
New York: The Century Co. 1899. First Edition. Tan cloth boards, printed in red; xiv, 398pp; illus. Brief wear; spine slightly sunned; corner chip to front endpaper; contemporary ownership signature. A tight, straight Very Good copy. Collects Flynt's writings on America's transient underworrld, a subject with which he was intimately...
[Item #8524]
Price: $75.00
 
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Vagrancy in the United States. A Paper Presented at the Thirty-fourth Annual Session of the National Conference of Charities and Corrections, Minneapolis, Minn., June 14, 1907
New York: Privately Printed, 1907. First edition. Detailed investigation of the growing problem of the interrelation of tramps and railroads, collecting statistics and anecdotal evidence from various governmental authorities, from charity organizations, and from railroad companies around the country. The author was a criminologist and sociologist of the underworld; his...
[Item #9968]
Price: $125.00
 
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Sister of the Road: the Autobiography of Box-Car Bertha, as Told to Dr. Ben L. Reitman [Review Copy]
New York: Macaulay, 1937. First Edition. Fictionalized aubobiography of "Boxcar Bertha" Thompson, providing a frank depiction of the life of a female hobo, surviving the Great Depression by riding the rails with occasional forays into petty crime and prostitution. By the infamous "Hobo King" Ben Reitman, whose career as a....
[Item #19245]
Price: $85.00
 
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No Enemy (But Himself)
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894. First Edition. Hubbard's fourth book, a novel of artificial tramp-life (millionaire trades his wealth briefly to see for himself "how the other half lives"). Somewhat uncommon. WRIGHT III:2840. Octavo (20cm). Pictorial cloth in two colors, blocked in black on front cover and gilt on...
[Item #19505]
Price: $75.00
 
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Boy and Girl Tramps of America
New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1934. First Edition. Minehan's superb study on the legions of homeless youth during the Depression. "Thousands of boys and girls under twenty-one were turned out of homes disrupted by poverty, into the highways, into hobo jungles and into box-cards, to confront terrible hardships, and almost...
[Item #19936]
Price: $750.00
 
Boy and Girl Tramps of America
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Let Me Breathe Thunder
New York: Doubleday, Doran, 1939. First Edition. HANNA 149. COAN p. 80. GLOSTER, p.249. Attaway's first novel, of two migratory workers and a young Mexican boy drifting through the Northwest and the prairie. Gloster says of Attaway that he "was more active than any other Negro fiction writer of the...
[Item #6894]
Price: $200.00
 
Let Me Breathe Thunder
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Waiting for Nothing
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1935. First Edition. Quintessentially bleak novel of the Great Depression, written by a West Virginia drifter who famously scribbled his story down on scrap paper scrounged on the streets, in boxcars, and in hobo jungles. The novel was highly praised upon publication, but Kromer never...
[Item #8536]
Price: $175.00
 
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All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches - A Chronicle of Boyhood
New York: William R. Scott, 1935. First Edition. Autobiographical novel of a midwestern childhood. In the jacket bio, the author describes himself as a "a common hobo...I slept in depots and doorways, worked occasionally as farm hand, hotel night watchman, well digger, nurseryman; I associated with stiffs and panhandlers, rode...
[Item #13120]
Price: $75.00
 
All Giants Wear Yellow Breeches - A Chronicle of Boyhood
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Hellcrest
Denver: Smith-Brooks, 1929. First Edition. An unorthodox rags-to-riches tale in which a homeless waif-turned-hobo rises against adversity to achieve success as a free-thinking criminal defense lawyer, much in the vein of Clarence Darrow. The author was a prominent (and famously eccentric) Denver chiropractor, an outspoken freethinker who was described in...
[Item #13382]
Price: $150.00
 
Hellcrest
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The Nomads
St. Louis: Cosmos Publishing Co. 1903. First Edition. A lively, if slightly sophomoric, picaresque romance of two young men who hit the boxcars in pursuit of gold and adventure. Along the way they support themselves by begging and working odd jobs. Though of dubious authenticity -- one gets the impression...
[Item #16467]
Price: $125.00
 
The Nomads
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Biddy Brogan's Boy
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1942. First Edition. Tully's final novel, a nostalgic look at his family, upbringing, and Ohio roots, as well as a young boy's life on the road. "Biddy Brogan, the son of Irish immigrant parents, grows up the hard way. From an Ohio orphanage where he...
[Item #18468]
Price: $350.00
 
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Powers That Prey
New York: McClure, Phillips, 1900. First Edition. Tales of the New York underworld, intended as an expose of illicit cooperation between corrupt city officials and organized crime. Flynt, one of McClure's top muckraking journalists, became best known for his series of articles about hobo life, eventually collected as "Tramping With...
[Item #6900]
Price: $75.00
 
Powers That Prey